During an era not long ago, but which seems so long ago now, the typical American was proud of his or her country and all it stood for. Sadly, that is no longer true overall. In fact, a staggering number of younger Americans indicated on a survey that they believe the U.S. is both racist and sexist.
That survey was completed by YouGov, a polling firm, and sponsored by the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness (FLAG). A total of 1,078 Americans participated.
According to the survey results, it is typical for Americans who are younger than 38 years old to believe that America is sexist. And 46% of the people participating in the survey do not think that the United States is the greatest country in the world. In addition, 50% of the survey respondents believe that the U.S. is sexist, 49% think the U.S. is racist and 47% say the country should adhere to socialism rather than capitalism.
As if that weren’t troubling enough, 38% of the survey respondents who were younger than 38 years old do not believe “America has a history that we should be proud of,” 14% believe “America was never a great country and it never will be,” 46% believe “America is more racist than other countries,” 84% do not know the particular rights that are spelled out in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 19% believe the American flag is “a sign of intolerance and hatred,” and 44% think President Barack Obama had a “bigger impact” on the United States than President George Washington did.
Nick Adams, the founder of FLAG, was obviously troubled by the survey results.
“We suspected that we would find decreasing numbers of Americans well-versed in our nation’s most important principles and young people less patriotic than the generations that came before, but we were totally unprepared for what our national survey reveals: an epidemic of anti-Americanism,” he said. “That half of millennials and Gen Z believe that the country in which they live is both ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ shows that we have a major fraction of an entire generation that has been indoctrinated by teachers starting in grade school that America is what’s wrong with the world.”
Adams is correct. The American educational system has steered younger people in a seriously wrong direction. Those people need to be able to learn the facts about how things actually are.
Thankfully, there are still many Americans who believe in our country’s exceptionalism, who know accurate U.S. history, and who strive to treat all people with respect, no matter what their race is and no matter whether they are male or female. It is up to those Americans to lovingly guide other Americans to the truth.
~ Liberty Planet